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Systemic Racism

Economic Factors

On this page you will find a sampling of resources related to Systemic Racism and Economic Factors, broken down into the following sections:

Key Words for Social Justice/Anti-Oppression Searches:   Anti-Black, Association Between, Bias, Disparity, Disproportionate, Effect, Gap, High Rate, Impact, Inequity, Inequality, Institutionalized Racism, Oppression, Racial Inequity Racist, Racism, Unconscious Bias, Violence, White Supremacy

Socioeconomic:  Affordable Housing, Community Disinvestment, Concentrated Poverty, Criminalization of Poverty, Disaster Response and Relief, Disposable Workforce, Displacement, Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Mobility, Economic Policy, Exclusionary Lending, Exploitation, Extractive Colonial Economies, Debtors' Prisons, Depreciation, Devaluation, Fair Housing, Federal Aid, Financial Exclusion, Gentrification, Geography, Homeownership, Housing Discrimination, Housing Instability, Income Inequality, Inflated Property Tax Assessments, Labor Conditions, Land Theft, Low Income Housing, Predatory Employment, Prison Labor, Promotion Gap, Public Housing, Racial Capitalism, Racist Work Environment, Redlining, Reparations, Residential Discrimination, Targeted Zoning Laws, Wage Gap, Wage Theft, Wealth Gap, White Flight, Work Injury, Workers' Rights, Working Conditions, Workplace Discrimination, Workers' Compensation


Book cover for Race for Profit by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Book cover for The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran
Book Cover: how Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America by Manning Marable
Book Cover for the Wages of Whiteness:Race and the Making of the American Working Class  by David R. Roediger
Book cover for The Grind: Black Women and Survival in the Inner City by Alexis S. McCurn
Book cover for Toxic Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro
Book cover for The Hidden Cost of Being African American by Thomas M. Shapiro
Book cover for More Than Just Race
Book cover for The Age of Inequality by Jeremy Gantz
Book cover for Nobodies by John Bowe
Cover for Not a Crime to be Poor by Peter Edelman
Book cover for Manufacturing Decline by Jason Hackworth
Book cover for The Economics of Race in the United States by Brendan O'Flaherty
Book cover for How the Other Half Banks by Mehrsa Baradaran
Book cover for The New American Servitude by Cati Coe
Book cover for Under the Affluence by Tim Wise
Book cover for the American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky
Book cover for Inequality, Poverty, and Precarity in Contemporary American Culture by Sieglinde Lemke
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Book cover for The Vanishing Middle Class by Peter Temin
Book cover for Race and the Invisible Hand
Book cover for Africana Social Stratification by James L. Conyers Jr.
Book cover for Reproducing Racism How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage by Daria Roithmayr
Book cover for Diversity, Inc. by Pamela Newkirk
Book Cover for the HIdden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy by Andrea Flynn
Book cover for After Civil Rights by John D. Skrentny

Video Clips

Source.NowThis News. (2020, July 22). Essential Workers 'Strike for Black Lives' & Racial Justice. YouTube.

Source: Vice. (2016, August 16). Debtors' Prisons: Life Inside America’s For-Profit Justice System. YouTube.

Source: AJ. (2021, February 3). Is Capitalism Anti-Black? YouTube.

Source: Frontline PBS. (2020, February 14). "You're Just Disposable: Former Amazon Workers Speak Out."  YouTube.

Source: NowThis News. (2020, February 19). How Housing Redlining Contributed to the Racial Wealth Gap and Segregation. YouTube.

Source: Vice News. (2017, December 7). People Are Making Big Money Kicking Detroit Residents Out Of Their Homes. YouTube.

Source: Vice News. (2020, August 11). How Property Law Is Used to Appropriate Black Land. YouTube.

Source:Urban Displacement Project. (2017, November 19). Gentrification Explained. YouTube.

Source: Associated Press. (2021, May 3). Pandemic workers face another hazard: wage theft. YouTube.


Source: AJ+ (2020, February 7). Why Are All The Black Farmers Vanishing? YouTube.

Source: Urban Institute. (2013, March 25). The Racial Wealth Gap in America. YouTube.

Source: Vox. (2019, February 18). American segregation, mapped at day and night. YouTube.


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Intersectionality Matters

Episode: COVID and Disaster Capitalism

Who Makes Cents

Episode:Mehrsa Baradaran on Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap


Episode: How the Suburbs Were Segregated

Washington Post Live

Episode: The Wealth Gap: Addressing Economic Inequality in the U.S.


Laverne Cox

Episode: Residential Segregation & Structural Racism

At Liberty

Episode: Your Friendly Neighborhood Bank: The Post Office


Episode: The Economy that Slavery Built


Episode: The Rebellion Against Racial Capitalism

There Goes the Neighborhood

A podcast about how and why gentrification happens.

Data and Society

Episode: Data and Racial Capitalism

Getting Curious

Episode: What Does Justice Look Like For Farmworkers?


Episode: The Land of Our Fathers

(Part 1)

State of Working America

Raising workers' voices to make sure they are heard in the economic policy debate.

Street Politicians

Episode: Rebuilding the Black Wallstreet


Floodlines is an audio documentary about Hurricane Katrina and the people who lived through it.


Episode: The Crisis of Care

Murtaza Hussain and Vanessa Bee discuss the rights of domestic workers with organizer Ai-jen Poo.